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Minnie Kartchner

Minnie Kartchner

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  • Name Minnie Kartchner  [1
    Born 26 Dec 1870  Overton, Clark, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Dec 1969  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 27 Dec 1969  R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Minnie Kartchner Stratton grave marker
    Person ID I201892  Full Tree
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2015 

    Father William Decatur Kartchner
              b. 4 May 1820, Haverford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 May 1892, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Gale
              b. 20 Jan 1845, Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Mar 1928, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1862  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    William D. & Elizabeth Gale Kartchner family
    William D. & Elizabeth Kartchner
    Family ID F88109  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband William Ellis Stratton
              b. 28 Jan 1862, Virgin, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Jun 1940, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Oct 1886  Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Children 
    +1. Mable Stratton
              b. 16 Feb 1888, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Jul 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
    +2. Zella Stratton
              b. 25 Mar 1890, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Dec 1960, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +3. William Raymond Stratton
              b. 24 Mar 1892, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Nov 1984  (Age 92 years)
     4. Leo Wayne Stratton
              b. 11 Mar 1894, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Nov 1894, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +5. Lena Stratton
              b. 18 Sep 1895, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Mar 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     6. Minnie Stratton
              b. 27 May 1898, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 May 1899, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Vinnie Stratton
              b. 27 May 1898, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Apr 1903, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     8. Mary Stratton
              b. 28 Mar 1902, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Apr 1903, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     9. Elsie Stratton
              b. 11 Apr 1904, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Aug 1910, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
    +10. Irene Stratton
              b. 18 Mar 1907, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Jun 2002, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +11. Lorum Ellis Stratton
              b. 22 Mar 1910, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Sep 2007, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    +12. Leona Stratton
              b. 18 Sep 1912, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Mar 1955, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    +13. Lynn K. Stratton
              b. 31 May 1915, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Apr 2005, Lakeside, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F67803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1870 - Overton, Clark, Nevada, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Oct 1886 - Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mable Stratton - 16 Feb 1888 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Zella Stratton - 25 Mar 1890 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William Raymond Stratton - 24 Mar 1892 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Leo Wayne Stratton - 11 Mar 1894 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lena Stratton - 18 Sep 1895 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Minnie Stratton - 27 May 1898 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Vinnie Stratton - 27 May 1898 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Stratton - 28 Mar 1902 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elsie Stratton - 11 Apr 1904 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Irene Stratton - 18 Mar 1907 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lorum Ellis Stratton - 22 Mar 1910 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Leona Stratton - 18 Sep 1912 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lynn K. Stratton - 31 May 1915 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Dec 1969 - Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 Dec 1969 - R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Location Cemetery Hospital Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    Minnie Kartchner
    Minnie Kartchner
    Family of William E. Stratton & Minnie Kartchner 1931
    William Ellis Stratton & Minnie Kartchner

  • Notes 
    • From the book "The Kartchner Family" compiled by Sarah P. Collinwood.
      (Excerpts taken from the Life History of Minnie when she was 95 years old, and which was printed in the newspaper.)
           "Nearly a century of living in the pioneer West had dealt kindly with Minnie, a native of Overton, Nevada, a resident of Snowflake and Mesa, Arizona, since she was eight years old.  The venerable matriarch, married when she was 16 to her first love, and bore him 13 children, five of whom died in infancy or early childhood, two died after reaching adulthood, leaving six children to give her grandchildren.  Her descedndants, counting 47 grandchildren, 148 g.grand children and 78 g.g.grandchildren total 279 descendants.  Although she is 95 she is bright, witty, and full of the same sort of interest that has inspired her active life, interest about her children, her church and public events."

      (From a "This is Your Life" sketch prepared by Ilene Shumway and a Sketch by Irene S. Flake, put into a volume of her poems written throughout her life and compiled by her children, the opening paragraph recounts;)  "Hardships, joys, tears, laughter, determination, devotion, prayer and plenty of good hard work are the materials from which great lives are fashioned.  From these, Minnie K. Stratton has fashioned a life, now 95 years long, which endears her to her family.  From these same materials, William, her husband, fashioned a life never to be forgotten by his children and descendants, which will ever serve as an example to them. 
           Both families were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the early days of the formation of the church.  Minnie's parents were also early colonizers of Arizona, called to build up that area by the Leaders of the Church.  Minnie was 7 years old when they arrived at Sunset, Arizona.
           By our standards today hardships that Minnie and her mother and other members of the family endured were almost unbelievable.
           Her father was married to a second wife, there were 14 children in the first family and 9 in the second.  In Snowflake, there were two small log houses to house the large family of children and their parents. To make life more bearable, the larger of the two houses became the living and bedroom quarters of the family while the small became the kitchen area.  The kitchen was very important to Minnie.  This week, for the first time, she revealed to her children that she was responsible for the disastrous fire that destroyed the kitchen house.  "Mother," said her daughter Mable, "You never told us this before.  We never knew you felt guilty about starting that fire or that you had anything to do with it."  She smiled, "I know, I never told anyone before.  But it really was my fault.  I put wood in the stove, and the pieces were too long, then I got interested in doing something else and forgot about it.  The long piece burned and dropped on the floor and I know that is what started that fire."  She chuckled as she remembered the long kept secret of the fire.  "I just went out and played hopscotch while the fire burned.  I couldn't help any, and nobody ever blamed me for it, so I never told."
           Life was never easy in the Kartchner home, while her father served as the first Postmaster, there was not always a plentiful supply of things to be had at any price.  Nor a great deal of money, but there was always love.  There was a great scarcity of flour at times, and Minnie vividly remembers grinding the wheat for the biscuits, that were baked every morning for breakfast.  Her father had a habit of breaking open the soda biscuits and smelling them before he ate them to find out just how much soda had been used.  He did not like the smell or taste of soda that had been used instead of baking powder.
           Her father was in failing health and finally lost his eyesight when she was in her early teens.  She had to help bring in what little money could be earned in the small community.  She remembers when she was only 13 of having to go out to work by the day in other peoples homes, scrubbing floors and washing and ironing big family washings for as much as 50 cents a day.  Some days, she says, she was so tired and her feet hurt so at the end of a day's work she had to crawl the last part of the way home because she could not walk.  Although these were trying times, her faith sustained her despite all the hardships, and she sang her way through the weeks and months much to the distraction of her ailing father.
           "Minnie", he would say, "Can't you rest that singing for a minute?"  So she would stop and try to remember but before long, she was singing again.  He found out that when her voice was stilled he was more miserable than when she sang.  She was away from home for two months on her honeymoon and her father heard no song coming from her.  When she returned, he welcomed her with open arms and said, "Minnie, will you sing me a song?"  Often after she had been out working all day, she would have family ironing to do at home that would take her far into the night.  This was a difficult life for a growing girl, but she stood up to it and got through it very well.
           As the Strattons lived across the road from the Kartchners, she met William.  He was older but she had admired him from afar, never dreaming she would someday be his wife.  When she was about 16 they with several other couples, set out for St. George in covered wagons to be married in the Temple.  So devout were all of these young people, that none would have considered being married in a civil ceremony, later going to the Temple as some did.
           Her church has meant everything to her throughout the years.  Not only did she give her husband to the church on a two year mission while her babies were small, and there were six of them to care for, but two of her sons also filled missions.  Into the third generation, there are three of her grandsons who now serve as Bishops of Wards.  She has always been active in the Church; President of Relief Society, Primary for 14 years, and Relief Society teacher.  She has been an active member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  Although her eyes are failing she reads the newspaper and hears well enough to take part in family conversations, though it is difficult for her to get around, assisted by a cane, but for 95 is right pert.
           For many many years she has kept a diary.  She has lived to record the Golden Weddings of three of her children.  If there is a date of any particular happening anyone wants, all that is necessary is to search the diary to find it....
           They have lived as Latter Day Saints.  They have set a worthy example for their children, and have done their full duty as parents, always sacrificing and giving to make another happier and better.  For all this consecrated devotion they ask nothing in return, but deserve much.  If love is reciprocated thay are content." [1]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "Minnie Kartchner". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I201892&tree=00 (accessed June 24, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    2. [S2913] Compiled by Sarah P. Collinwood. The Kartchner Family. 1974, Hiller Bookbinding, Salt Lake City, UT Published by J. Grant Stevenson 230 W. 1230 N. Provo, UT 84601, p 24.

    3. [S607] Personal knowledge of Our Family Histories contributors, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\.. The Kartchner Family Book compiled by Karen H. Miller submitted by Michael A. Kartchner..


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